Water from fish pond better than fertilizer; experts claim

Mixed farming

“If you are thinking of staring a venture, I recommend you start Catfish Farming. If you are currently farming and you are thinking of expanding your venture, I’d encourage you add fish farming to your line of business. Fish farming (particularly catfish) is most complementary with poultry farming as you can use the poultry drops to produce the feed for your fish,” said Peter Owuor a fish farmer in Siaya County. You can also use the water from the fish ponds to water your crops as in the case with Makindi fish farm. Water from the fish ponds is very rich in ammonia which is very good for crop farming.

Photo by Ales Krivec

Tabitha Nyangaresi farmer in Bobasi, Kisii County told Aqua Africa at her farm that she utilizes her unused fish pond water to water her crops. It is the same practice that we found with other farmers across the region during our farm visits. In Makindi Farm Estates which sits on 200 acres, water from the fish farm is directed to the coffee farm as we can see in the picture below.

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Insert picture of Water from fish ponds in Makindi being sprayed on coffee farm.

Mr. Samuel Mwangi, farm manager at Makindi Fish farm, says fresh fish manure is alike in chemical composition to other livestock manure and should be used as an agricultural fertilizer as a substitute of using inorganic fertilizers that are not only expensive, but also harmful to living organisms.

Photo by Ishan @seefromthesky

“Water in a fish pond has valuable volumes of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium that can be useful to a farmer using it in crop production,” says Mr. Mwangi.

This has also helped them utilize water even during the dry seasons. Water can be used for two different uses and still with better value.

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